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Historic Golden State Commemorative Diamond Jubilee Coin on the Auction Block

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Bonhams & Butterfields announced the inaugural West Coast auction of Rare Coins and Bank Notes on May 30, 2010, featuring the Collection of Paul Bloomfield. Sold to benefit the acquisitions fund at the Bancroft Library located at the University of California, Berkeley, the offering boasts a compressive selection of over 300 years of North American coinage and early tokens at a variety of collecting levels, from hobbyist to the seasoned buyer. Known in the field as a ‘type’ collection, which consists of varying designs over a period of time or from a particular region, the Bloomfield Collection features coinage from Canada, Mexico and the United States from the 17th though 20th centuries. Rare and interesting highlights can be found throughout the 2,000-piece Collection offering, from early American items issued by the original colonies to unusual pieces from the 1920s. “The Paul Bloomfield Collection is one